“Are there any depths of cruelty and absurdity to which bureaucracy cannot plunge?” Dalrymple asks in his weekly BMJ column. “It seems unlikely that there are, an impression confirmed by reading Jean-Claude Dreyfus’s short and laconic Souvenirs lointains de Buchenwald et Dora, 1943-1945.”
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Looking at Western History very broadly, we have lived through feudal military aristocracy, through an industrial revolution and the Reform Acts, etc., and thence, in the 20th century, into the Age of Bureaucracy.
The question is: is this the end of it all, really? Or, where do we go from here, and can we go more quickly please?